Is Your Vendor Network HIPAA Compliant?
If you work in the healthcare industry, you know how complex and crucial HIPAA compliance is to your field. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a cornerstone of data security and patient privacy, but it places a unique set of demands on healthcare infrastructure.
Whether you are a medical provider, case manager, or billing administrator, you have a vested interest in making sure the software programs you use are up to HIPAA regulations. This article provides a few often overlooked details, but that are, nonetheless, necessary to ensure that your vendor network is HIPAA compliant.
Identify Which Vendors Fall Under HIPAA Regulations
It might be self-explanatory that the company restocking your medical supplies does not need to be HIPAA compliant, but when it comes to software application providers, the lines are somewhat less clear. A useful rule of thumb is to determine which vendors will need to collect, store, and share patient or doctor information. These partners should have a working knowledge of HIPAA and be up to standards.
Make Sure that Potential Vendors Have Experience in Healthcare
Before partnering with a new vendor, ask questions about their prior experience in your industry. Experienced software development companies, for example, will be able to answer questions regarding data tracking, security, encryption, and backup for your next project.
Always Have a Backup Plan
This applies to data storage as well as to troubleshooting. It is vital to consider how patient information will be backed up and restored in case of loss of data. You can also breathe more easily if you choose vendors that have a dedicated support team that can be reached for questions and troubleshooting.
For more than 15 years, Spiralogics has been providing custom software solutions in industries where regulatory compliance is a critical factor.
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